Patricia L. Brown
Patricia Brown started her law firm in 1997 in Round Rock and Austin, exclusively for people and families. She focuses virtually all her time and energy on family law matters. Having gone through a divorce, and raising 2 children as a single mother, Ms. Brown founded the firm based on her personal experience and philosophy: genuine empathy for men and women seeking help, and treating people as she would wish to be treated.
Family law issues are stressful and full of anxiety, and clients often feel a loss of control. Ms. Brown focuses on understanding each client's individual needs, and has the unique ability to distill complex emotional and legal situations into their essence, and communicating to her clients in a way that her clients feel a great sense of comfort and relief, feeling a bit more back in control of their lives.
In 2015, Ms. Brown was recognized and honored by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) as Board Certified in Family Law. Less than 1% of all Texas lawyers are Board Certified in Family Law. To achieve Board Certified by the TBLS, an attorney must meet a set of rigorous requirements and evaluations by peers and judges, before even being permitted to take the TBLS 6 hour examination. The examination requires a broad range of knowledge in Family Law matters, including (but not limited to):
- Child custody
- Child support
- Division of assets
- Spousal support
- Unmarried couples with children
- Grandparents rights
- Father's rights
According to the TBLS, "Board Certification is a mark of excellence and a distinguishing accomplishment. Within the Texas legal community, Board Certification means an attorney has substantial, relevant experience in a select field of law as well as demonstrated, and tested, special competence in that area of law." Less than 1% of all the lawyers in Texas are Board Certified in Family Law.
"An attorney has to do something extra to get certified and then they have to continue to work and acquire knowledge in their specialty area to remain certified. You could say it is a life-long commitment," said Hal Moorman, Chairman of the TBLS Board of Directors.
Most consumers only require the services of an attorney to help them deal with unique and often very challenging circumstances, particularly in the area of family law. One of the objectives of the TBLS is to assist consumers find a lawyer who has demonstrated ability and experience in specialized fields of law: one who is Board Certified.
Ms. Brown received her law degree from Albany Law School in 1996, after completing her final year at the University of Texas Law School in Austin. She grew up in New Hampshire and proudly served a four-year tour of duty in the United States Navy, simultaneously putting herself through the University of Mississippi. After graduating from college and completing her Navy service, she taught junior high school English. She then relocated to Albany, NY, and after undergoing a divorce, raised her two children, working 3 jobs, and decided to go to law school, going heavily in debt to fund it. She moved to Texas in 1995.
Ms. Brown has eclectic tastes in music and literature and loves to read and listen to music. She was an accomplished musician in high school, and is a talented artist. She enjoys her 6 grandchildren, and traveling with her husband.
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Areas of Practice
- Family Law
- Child Support
- Custody & Visitation
- Spousal Support
- Grandparents Rights
- Paternity and Father’s Rights
- Cohabitation and Unmarried Parents Rights
- Pre and Postnuptial Agreements
- LGBT Family Law Issues
- 10% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Texas, 1997
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2003
- Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, New York
- Doctor of Jurisprudence
- Mississippi State University
- Bachelor of Science
- Major: English Education
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Travis County Bar Association
- Williamson County Bar Association
- National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
- College of the State Bar of Texas
- Brown, McHam and Associates, January 1, 2005
- Patricia L. Brown and Associates, P.C., June 1, 2007
- Law Offices of Patricia L. Brown, April 1, 2000